Civil rights sit-in at Municipal Building, Seattle, July 25, 1963

Civil rights sit-in at Municipal Building, Seattle, July 25, 1963

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Creator:Vallentyne, John
Creator:Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Title:Civil rights sit-in at Municipal Building, Seattle, July 25, 1963

A group of teenagers and young adults held a week-long sit-in beginning Monday, July 22, 1963 to protest Mayor Gordon S. Clinton's lack of black appointees to the Municipal Human Rights Commission. The sit-ins spent each day in the Council Chambers, moving to the foyer in the evenings once Chambers were closed. Although the police made several attempts to reason with the group, they were eventually forced by the City Council to physically remove the protestors [sic]. 23 were arrested in all: nine adults, ages 19 to 22, were booked for loitering, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace, and 14 youths, ages 11 to 16, were booked as delinquent juveniles loitering and resisting arrest.

Handwritten on sleeve: NEGROES, Seattle, Sit-in at Municipal Building.

Caption information source: P-I exhibit and research files.

Date photograph was published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: July 26, 1963.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Black-and-white photographs
Subjects:Civil rights demonstrations--Washington (State)--Seattle | Police--Washington (State)--Seattle | African Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle | Teenagers--Washington (State)--Seattle | Municipal buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle | Sit-ins--Washington (State)--Seattle | Seattle (Wash.) | King County (Wash.)
Institution:University of Washington's Libraries
Contributors:Museum of History and Industry (Seattle, Wash.) | University of Washington. Libraries. Digital Initiatives | King County Snapshots Collection (University of Washington. Libraries)
Online Publisher:[Seattle, Wash.] : University of Washington Digital Initiatives | 2001/2003
Original Material:

1 acetate negative: b&w ; 4 x 5 in.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

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Forms part of the online collection: King County Snapshots: A Photographic Heritage of Seattle and Surrounding Communities.

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